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PUBLICATION DATE: April 28, 2022
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May God Forgive
By (author) Alan Parks
Glasgow is a city in mourning. An arson attack on a hairdresser’s has left five dead. Tempers are frayed and sentiments running high.When three youths are charged the city goes wild. A crowd gathers outside the courthouse but as the police drive the young men to prison, the van is rammed by a truck, and the men are grabbed and bundled into a car. The next day, the body of one of them is dumped in the city centre. A note has been sent to the newspaper: one down, two to go.Detective Harry McCoy has twenty-four hours to find the kidnapped boys before they all turn up dead, and it is going to mean taking down some of Glasgow’s most powerful people to do it . . .
Reviews of May God Forgive
Praise for the Harry McCoy series: One of the great Scottish crime writers . . . Whether it be William McIlvanney, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina or Alan Parks, the way they view – and depict – the world gives great pleasure . . . Like the very best crime novels, The April Dead makes you keenly aware of all the pain out there and (almost) alleviates it * * The Times, Book of the Month * * Brilliant . . . The April Dead should grace the bookshelves of every crime fan * * Sunday Times Crime Club * * A blistering plot, unforgettable characters and writing so sharp it's like it's been written with a knife . . . Detective McCoy is a true noir antihero and the perfect guide through the vice and violence of Glasgow's underbelly. Bloody January firmly sets Alan Parks in the same league as Ian Rankin and Louise Welsh — SARAH PINBOROUGH An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy . . . Think McIlvanney or Get Carter — IAN RANKIN The latest star of Tartan noir – perhaps even a successor to the late, great William McIlvanney . . . Gripping, utterly authentic and nerve-jangling, this novel announces a fine new voice in crime writing * * Daily Mail * * 1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood — PETER MAY This is Scottish noir at its gritty darkest, the fourth instalment in Detective Harry McCoy's rocky career. Behind his bloody-minded disrespect for his superiors and sardonic wit, McCoy is a tough and instinctive copper who learned his skills on the beat. A cracking read * * Irish Independent * * Bloody and brilliant. This smasher from Alan Parks is a reminder of how dark Glasgow used to be — LOUISE WELSH Gripping and violent, dark and satisfying. I flew through it — BRET EASTON ELLIS Draws the reader in with equal parts of twist and grit . . . It's McCoy, though, who makes this series something special – he's multi-layered and three-dimensional, with his own idiosyncratic work ethic . . . With this third instalment of the McCoy books, Parks has continued to build a series that no crime fan should miss: dangerous, thrilling, but with a kind voice to cut through the darkness * * Scotsman * *
Alan Parks worked in the music industry for over twenty years before turning to crime writing. His debut novel Bloody January was shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, February’s Son was nominated for an Edgar Award, Bobby March Will Live Forever was picked as a The Times Best Book of the Year and The April Dead was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year. He lives and works in Glasgow.May God Forgive is the fifth Harry McCoy thriller.